Nick-of-time tips to make your home holiday ready
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

(BPT) – As you prepare to celebrate the holidays, welcoming loved ones into your home is a highlight of the festivities. You may eagerly look forward to gathering with family and friends, but is your house holiday and houseguest ready?

Preparing your home for holiday guests doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. By focusing on areas that receive the most guest traffic, you can create a fresh, welcoming environment within budget. The home improvement experts at Lowe’s recommend updating five key spaces:

1. Entryways

Start by making a great first impression and setting the mood by enhancing the entryway and improving curb appeal. By adding a new doormat and painting the front door an inviting, rich jewel tone, you’ll be sure to make a statement year-round about the personalities inside your home.

Next, step inside and consider lighting upgrades. The foyer is the perfect spot to add a dramatic pendant light or chandelier to welcome guests with a warm glow. Add some festive holiday decor by layering a centerpiece of paperwhites – a fragrant, fast-growing seasonal flower — paired with pinecones on a foyer table to create a look that combines two popular seasonal standbys. Roomier entryways can benefit from a decorative urn filled wit…………… continues on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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TEMECULA: Holiday Home tour coming
News from Press-Enterprise:

The Temecula Valley Woman’s Club 28th annual Holiday Home Tour will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.17-18. Wine Country estate homes decked out for the holidays — courtesy of five local interior designers — will feature festive decorating ideas, holiday décor available for purchase and a marketplace with handcrafted treasures. TVWC’s Tasteful Traditions Cookbook will also be on sale.

Pre-sale tickets for the tour are $ 30. They may be purchased online at, at local ticket sale locations noted on the website, or from any TVWC member. Tickets will be $ 35 at the door. For more information call 951-302-1370.

The VIP package has limited availability and must be purchased online. This $ 125 package includes a shared limousine for the day that will cruise to the front door of every home, a continental breakfast and a bistro lunch.

An Opening Night Home Tour Harvest Ball will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Wilson Creek Winery from 6 to 11 p.m. This gala offers dinner, dancing, auctions and entertainment. Tickets are $ 100 per person. Reservations are limited and may be made online. Dress will be cocktail attire.

The unique architecture and design of the homes to be showcased are:

Sipkoi Estate — Situated on a hilltop in the “Reserve,” this Italian-style luxury home has lush wood doors that open into a spacious living area. The marble floors and…………… continues on Press-Enterprise

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